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Journeyman team events

4kV Crossarm Change Out

  • *EVENT SPEC CHANGE: After reviewing the times for the 4kV Crossarm Change Out event, we have decided to change the “Dead Drop Time” to 13 Minutes. Everything else for this event will remain as is.
  1. On the cross arm change out what kind of preformed tie wire will it be . Please send pictures.
    A: Perform Line Product “PLP” 1/0 Distribution Tie (AKA: Helicopter Tie)  - Photo
  2. Can you provide a picture of crossarm braces or part number?
    A: The chief judge is not sure which manufacturer they will have at build time. Photo of common push brace was provided. - Push brace

  3. Does the bolt go through the arm into the pole or from the back side of the pole into the arm?
    A: Both the crossarm and brace bolts will have the nuts on the arm side of the pole.

  4. Is there a pole bond going from the pole to the bottom of the arm?
    A: No pole bond connected to arm from pole. There will not be a pole ground on the pole.

  5. How broken down is the material on the ground? Are the bolts out of the arrester L brackets? Are the arresters on the L brackets? Insulators on the pins?
    A: Arrestors off brackets, brackets off crossarm. Braces off arms.  All nuts/washers back on bolts. Wire removed from arrestor.  Pin can remain in insulator but must have nut and washer on bolt. Bolts for arrestor bracket back in at least one side of the bracket with nuts/washer on bolts.

  6. Is the arm going to be bonded prior to event?
    A: Photo

  7. What is the length of the number 4 copper for the top sides of the arrestors?
    A: Top sides will be cut at 30 inches and the bottom sides cut at 16 inches.

  8. Will there be caps on the arrestors?
    A: There WILL NOT be caps on the arrestors.
  9. How far out will the arrestor be from the insulator?
    A: Approximately 16 inches in from the end of the arm.

  10. Do the braces have to be replaced?
    A: Yes, braces have to be replaced.

  11. What is the exact type of connector used to ground the arrester to the crossarm? Can we get a picture of it?
    Photo

  12. Can one lineman untie and float the phases out using the insulator as one point of control and their hand as the other point of control?
    A: No, both linemen will be required to have hands on the conductor while moving each phase.

  13. Will the wire for the arrestor be able to bent before the event starts?
    A: The wire will be pre-bent when you pick it up from the entrance. If it isn’t you can pre-bent it before the time starts.
    Photo of condition materials will be in when team arrives at event (minus the tarp)

12kV Running Angle Poly Bell Change Out

Note from judges: Due to field restrictions we will not be able to achieve the 35-40 degree angle we stated in the packets. The event will stay exactly the same however, we will be working with a 17 degree angle. The drawing below is how the event will be built. This calculates out at 52’ spans and the down guys will be at 7’.

  1. Do you have picture of polymer and shoe going to be used?
    See photo: Aluma-form Poly Dead-end Bell - Catalog # DEI-28
    See photo: MacLean Suspension Angle Shoe (this shoe will be on the static, primary, and neutral) - Catalog # RALS-1-N
  2. Can a tool tether be used?
    A: Tools must be used as to manufactures design and recommended use. Tools may not hang.

  3. Does the angle shoe have to be changed out?
    A: No just the bell is required to be changed out however there will be a bell and shoe on the ground and both can be replaced if wanted.

  4. Can 1 lineman operate 2 insulated 12kv rated  sticks for the bell change out as long as M.A.D is maintained?
    A:  As long as neither stick is one of the 2 points of control being used to maintain control of the conductor. M.A.D. must be maintained at all times during this event.

Pin & Insulator Replacement

  • Cold Tie Instructional video
  • The build of this event will be like the photos. It’s different then the spec drawing that was posted. The neutral will have an automatic deadend that the conductor will go straight through to the main line, not a jumper outside the deadend.
  • There must be at least one layer of covering on the conductor being untied and set on the dead-end bells; there cannot be exposed, energized conductor setting on two layers of covering or within reach, slip, or fall.

  1. Is there a guy stick in the guy? If so,  do we have to cover the guy stick?
    A: There is not a guy insulator. See bullet five in the event specifications.

  2. Can you hang any tools or material on the board prior to mounting it or have them hanging on the board when removed to be sent down?
    A:  Other than the hardware needed to mount the board to the pole, no other tools or materials can be hanging on any part of the board before it is secured to the pole or after it is removed and sent down.

Transformer Change Out

  1. What is the size of the transformer and the weight? The picture shows a 10 KVA and the event specs say 25KVA.
    A: It will be a 25KVA. Weighting around 200 pounds.

  2. Does the transformer have to be de-energized to hook up the secondaries?
    A:  Yes, the transformer has to be de-energized to hook up the secondary.
  3. Do we have to close the cutout door after the service is connected?
    A: Yes, the cutout has to be closed before time stops. If an extendo is used to energize the transformer it must be fully and on the tarp before time stops. After time stops (both lineman on the ground) the groundman or lineman will be responsible for opening the cutout back up before they leave the event (2 pt deduction if not).

Vertical Hurtman Rescue

Apprentice events

#2 Triplex Service Install

Note: The service neutral will be AAAC and not the ACSR as in event specs. 

  1. How many foot of #2 triplex will be provided?
    A: Competitors will pull  wire off after each event to any length they need .
  2. Do you have to skin wire to make connections?
    A:  Yes you have to skin wire to make connections.
  3. Will catch off be on pole or on ground to start event?
    A: The wire will be caught off on source pole 50 ft away , after event starts competitor will secure service  to a handline . Service wedge will be on the ground at the start of the event.
    See photo: Service wedge -  Blackburn W20-1 Service 
  4. What tool will be used to tighten secondary bushings? Allen key or Kearney wrench 9/16?
    A: It will require a 5/16" Allen wrench.
    Photo 1
    Photo 2

12kV Running Angle Poly Bell Change Out

Note from judges: Due to field restrictions we will not be able to achieve the 35-40 degree angle we stated in the packets. The event will stay exactly the same however, we will be working with a 17 degree angle. The drawing below is how the event will be built. This calculates out at 52’ spans and the down guys will be at 7’.

  1. What defines permanent attachment?
    A: When the conductor is in operational position.

  2. What defines 2 points of control?
    A: The conductor must be supported with two points of mechanical control whenever not in operational position via proper rigging technics.

  3. Do you have picture of polymer and shoe going to be used?
    See photo: Aluma-form Poly Dead-end Bell - Catalog # DEI-28
    See photo: MacLean Suspension Angle Shoe (this shoe will be on the static, primary, and neutral) - Catalog # RALS-1-N

  4. Are a link stick and grips required to be used?
    A: Personnel and tools must be insulated and/or insolated from any possible difference of potential at all times. Please refer to Q&A #2 on this event for second part of this question.
  5. Can Jack straps or slack blocks be used? Or does your rigging have to be insulated?
    A: Refer to question #4 for this event in Q&A.

Hurtman Rescue

Phase Clip-in

  1. Is this a class 2 glove event?
    A: Yes, this is a class 2 glove event.

  2. Is there a set number of buttons to be wrapped on the cold tie?
    A: See bullet point five in the event specifications. There is a link for instructional tie video above.

  3. What size wire will be on this event?
    A -1/0 AAAC

Written Test